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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 15, 2011 12:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

This could be the most surprising news I've seen since, well, the E72 box set was announced...


Never-Before-Released Original 1966-’67 Album Sessions Compiled for 2CD and Digital Packages and Deluxe, Limited Edition Box Set

...With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has collected and compiled the definitive collection, ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ for worldwide release this year in multiple configurations.

The SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world. The SMiLE Sessions will be released in 2CD and digital album packages and a deluxe, limited edition box set.

Co-produced by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, all of The SMiLE Sessions’ configurations will include an assembled album of core tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter.

...The SMiLE Sessions’ global release date, complete track lists, and artwork will be unveiled soon."

More details here:
There's a good interview with Mark Linett where he talks about assembling the new set and the kind of material they're using - though it doesn't sound like they've gotten even as far as a tracklist yet.

(The press blurb, understandably, doesn't so much as mention the difficulties Brian Wilson had with the other Beach Boys - or with himself - that ultimately killed SMILE. But regardless of that, it's unbelievable that these sessions are being released! Much of it will already be familiar from the bootlegs, I'm sure, but there could be some unknown surprises here...)

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2011-03-15 07:00:39

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Poster: hseamons Date: Mar 14, 2011 11:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

Awesome. Thanks for the info. Love Pet Sounds. Have not heard much about this unreleased album made during a Brian Wilson breakdown, it appears. Pet Sounds follow-up? - should be fun.

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Poster: rippley Date: Mar 14, 2011 11:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

Very nice! As you well-versed fellas might already know, a few years ago a double DVD was released, "Brian Wilson presents Smile." An excellent film, here's a review:

"My face isn't able to smile," Brian Wilson confides to collaborator Van Dyke Parks in one of this comprehensive double-DVD set's poignant bonus interviews, "but my heart does."

Using vintage clips and the frank insights of Brian's friends and colleagues, writer/producer/director David Leaf (a longtime Wilson confidant and author of the pioneering history The Beach Boys and the California Myth) charts the music legend's spectacular rise to stardom and the troubling gestation and subsequent abandonment of the 1967 album widely anticipated as Wilson's artistic coup de grace. But it's a tale with a triumphant, if 37-year-delayed third act: Smile's unlikely '04 album resurrection and subsequent London concert premiere. The second disc chronicles yet another victorious moment, the tour's glorious homecoming show at L.A.'s Disney Hall, captured with graceful camera work, crisp editing and a 5.1 sound mix that imparts every playful musical nuance. The bonus materials (which include interviews, London clips, a rewarding sessions featurette and a trove of Wilson piano performances, some featuring musicians Carol Kaye and Darian Sahanaja) help make the set a nearly four-hour Smile-lover's dream-come-true. But it's the documentary's candor, a willingness to address Wilson's troubled psyche head-on, that imparts its unusual dramatic gravitas, making its ultimate triumphs all the richer. Wilson aficionados will find few greater joys than seeing their hero back firmly in command behind a recording console--or leading an ecstatic live ensemble through a pop masterpiece long thought lost to the ages.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 15, 2011 5:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

For those of you that are members over at TTD, the purple chick version is available there. That is where I got it and I love it.

The Beach Boys
SMiLE - a STEREO reconstruction
(or "Not another damn SMiLE mix??!!??")
by Purple Chick

391.0 MB

SBD > ? (many varied sources, I'm sure) > 'original' CDR > EAC > FLAC > you

1: Our Prayer/Gee
2: Heroes And Villians
3: Roll Plymouth Rock
4: Barnyard
5: Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine
6: Cabin Essence
7: Wonderful
8: Song For Children
9: Child Is Father Of The Man
10: Surf's Up
11: I'm In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop
12: Vega-Tables
13: On A Holiday
14: Wind Chimes
15: Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
16: In Blue Hawaii
17: Good Vibrations

Very Unnecessary Bonus Tracks:

18: Vega-Tables (vocals only)
19: Our Prayer/Gee (mono)
20: Heroes And Villians (mono)
21: Roll Plymouth Rock (mono)
22: Child Is Father Of The Man (mono)
23: Surf's Up (alternate)
24: I'm In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop (mono)
25: Vega-Tables (mono)
26: In Blue Hawaii (with mono sections)
27: Good Vibrations (stereo - original lyrics)

Brian Wilson's 2004 arrangement of SMiLE as performed by the Beach Boys back in the day. In glorious STEREO, just like it says on the cover. We decided to do it the way we imagined which necessitated edits, manipulation, speed tempo and pitch correction, etc. Despite killing all the sacred cows it sounds mighty fine to us.

seeder's note:
There have been many, many other attempts at reconstructing SMiLE. This one is by far the best I've heard. It all flows together beautifully, the arrangements and cuts are probably as good as we're going to get. Also, unlike any other version, it's almost completely in stereo. I think only "On A Holiday" is mostly mono, by necessity. Good Vibrations really packs a punch.

So if you've downloaded other versions, you might want to take a chance on this one also.

Im guessing with the eminent release this torrent will be taken down shortly..Get it while you can!!

This post was modified by Skobud on 2011-03-15 12:09:57

This post was modified by Skobud on 2011-03-15 12:10:49

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Poster: waynecs Date: Mar 15, 2011 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

Thanks Skobud for the heads up.

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Poster: hasher Date: Mar 15, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for Beach Boys fans (non-Dead)

I second that recommendation. Great stuff.